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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938745/a-closer-look-at-expanded-carrier-screening-from-a-pgd-perspective
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Carolina Vaz-de-Macedo, Joyce Harper
Conventionally, the search for carrier status was based on ethnicity and/or family history and targeted to a restricted number of genetic conditions and mutations. This is now being replaced by extended panels testing for hundreds of genetic disorders with a broad range of phenotypes, in what is called 'expanded carrier screening'. While the ultimate aim of these panels is to increase the reproductive autonomy of the individuals and couples by providing preconception knowledge that could lead to the broadest range of available options, including PGD, we argue that: (i) Given the number and heterogeneity of the conditions included in panels, it cannot be guaranteed that a couple who tests positive for one of those conditions will be eligible for PGD; patients should be informed of this potential limitation before undertaking screening...
October 1, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938744/an-improved-ivm-method-for-cumulus-oocyte-complexes-from-small-follicles-in-polycystic-ovary-syndrome-patients-enhances-oocyte-competence-and-embryo-yield
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F Sánchez, F Lolicato, S Romero, M De Vos, H Van Ranst, G Verheyen, E Anckaert, J E J Smitz
STUDY QUESTION: Are meiotic and developmental competence of human oocytes from small (2-8 mm) antral follicles improved by applying an optimized IVM method involving a prematuration step in presence of C-Type Natriuretic Peptide (CNP) followed by a maturation step in presence of FSH and Amphiregulin (AREG)? SUMMARY ANSWER: A strategy involving prematuration culture (PMC) in the presence of CNP followed by IVM using FSH + AREG increases oocyte maturation potential leading to a higher availability of Day 3 embryos and good-quality blastocysts for single embryo transfer...
October 1, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938736/deep-sequencing-shows-that-oocytes-are-not-prone-to-accumulate-mtdna-heteroplasmic-mutations-during-ovarian-ageing
#3
L Boucret, C Bris, V Seegers, D Goudenège, V Desquiret-Dumas, M Domin-Bernhard, V Ferré-L'Hotellier, P E Bouet, P Descamps, P Reynier, V Procaccio, P May-Panloup
STUDY QUESTION: Does ovarian ageing increase the number of heteroplasmic mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) point mutations in oocytes? SUMMARY ANSWER: Our results suggest that oocytes are not subject to the accumulation of mtDNA point mutations during ovarian ageing. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Ageing is associated with the alteration of mtDNA integrity in various tissues. Primary oocytes, present in the ovary since embryonic life, may accumulate mtDNA mutations during the process of ovarian ageing...
October 1, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938720/deep-whole-genome-sequencing-of-90-han-chinese-genomes
#4
Tianming Lan, Haoxiang Lin, Wenjuan Zhu, Tellier Christian Asker Melchior Laurent, Mengcheng Yang, Xin Liu, Jun Wang, Jian Wang, Huanming Yang, Xun Xu, Xiaosen Guo
Next-generation sequencing provides a high-resolution insight into human genetic information. However, the focus of previous studies has primarily been on low-coverage data due to the high cost of sequencing. Although the 1000 Genomes Project and the Haplotype Reference Consortium have both provided powerful reference panels for imputation, low-frequency and novel variants remain difficult to discover and call with accuracy on the basis of low-coverage data. Deep sequencing provides an optimal solution for the problem of these low-frequency and novel variants...
September 1, 2017: GigaScience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938622/profiling-cancer-related-gene-mutations-in-oral-squamous-cell-carcinoma-from-japanese-patients-by-targeted-amplicon-sequencing
#5
Takafumi Nakagaki, Miyuki Tamura, Kenta Kobashi, Ryota Koyama, Hisayo Fukushima, Tomoko Ohashi, Masashi Idogawa, Kazuhiro Ogi, Hiroyoshi Hiratsuka, Takashi Tokino, Yasushi Sasaki
Somatic mutation analysis is a standard practice in the study of human cancers to identify mutations that cause therapeutic sensitization and resistance. We performed comprehensive genomic analyses that used PCR target enrichment and next-generation sequencing on Ion Proton semiconductor sequencers. Forty-seven oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC) samples and their corresponding noncancerous tissues were used for multiplex PCR amplification to obtain targeted coverage of the entire coding regions of 409 cancer-related genes (covered regions: 95...
August 29, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938416/pancreatic-histopathology-of-human-monogenic-diabetes-due-to-causal-variants-in-kcnj11-hnf1a-gata6-and-lmna
#6
May Sanyoura, Laura Jacobsen, David Carmody, Daniela Del Gaudio, Gorka Alkorta-Aranburu, Kelly Arndt, Ying Ying Hu, Frances Kobiernicki, Irina Kusmartseva, Mark A Atkinson, Louis H Philipson, Desmond Schatz, Martha Campbell-Thompson, Siri Atma W Greeley
Context: Monogenic diabetes is thought to account for 2% of all diabetes cases but most patients are misdiagnosed as type 1 or type 2 diabetes. To date, little is known about the histopathological features of pancreases from patients with monogenic diabetes. Objective: Retrospective study of the JDRF Network for Pancreatic Organ donors with Diabetes biorepository was used to identify possible cases with monogenic diabetes and to compare effects of genetic variants on pancreas histology...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938278/whole-exome-sequencing-in-inborn-errors-of-immunity-use-the-power-but-mind-the-limits
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Giorgia Bucciol, Erika Van Nieuwenhove, Leen Moens, Yuval Itan, Isabelle Meyts
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Next-generation sequencing, especially whole exome sequencing (WES), has revolutionized the molecular diagnosis of inborn errors of immunity. This review summarizes the generation and analysis of next-generation sequencing data. RECENT FINDINGS: The focus is on prioritizing strategies for unveiling the potential disease-causing variant. We also highlighted oversights and imperfections of WES and targeted panel sequencing, as well as the need for functional validation...
September 21, 2017: Current Opinion in Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937030/a-de-novo-mutation-in-dystrophin-causing-muscular-dystrophy-in-a-female-patient
#8
Hao Yu, Yu-Chao Chen, Gong-Lu Liu, Zhi-Ying Wu
BACKGROUND: Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) and Becker muscular dystrophy (BMD) are X-linked recessive neuromuscular diseases resulting from dystrophin (DMD) gene mutations. It has been known that the carrier of DMD mutations may also have symptoms of the disease. While de novo mutation is quite common in BMD/DMD patients, it is rarely reported in the female carriers. METHODS: Two sporadic Chinese patients with progressive muscular dystrophy and their familial members were recruited...
October 5, 2017: Chinese Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936978/advances-on-polyphenism-in-insects
#9
Xian-Ci Xue, Li Yu
Polyphenism denotes that one genome produces two or more distinct phenotypes due to environmental inductions. Many cases have been reported in insects, for example, metamorphosis, seasonal polyphenism, the caste of eusocial insects and so on. Polyphenism is one of the most important reasons for insects to survive and thrive, because insects can adapt and use the environmental cues around them in order to avoid predators and reproduce by changing their phenotypes. Polyphenism has received growing attentions, ranging from the earlier description of this phenomenon to the exploration of possible inducing factors...
September 20, 2017: Yi Chuan, Hereditas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936933/-dna-diagnostics-in-dementia
#10
C M Aalfs, R Vervenne-van Spaendonk, Y A L Pijnenburg, P E Cohn-Hokke, H J Meijers, P Scheltens
- Thanks to next-generation sequencing several genes can be examined in one go. Since this method has been introduced, the possibilities for DNA diagnostics in patients with dementia have increased tremendously in recent years.- DNA diagnostics is indicated for patients with an Alzheimer's disease diagnosis before they are 60 years old, for all patients with frontotemporal dementia and for patients with a positive family history.- For 15% of the patients who visited the Alzheimer centre of the VUmc, in Amsterdam, the Netherlands DNA diagnostics indicated a clear monogenic cause...
2017: Nederlands Tijdschrift Voor Geneeskunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935754/pervasive-genome-wide-transcription-in-the-organelle-genomes-of-diverse-plastid-bearing-protists
#11
Matheus Sanitá Lima, David Roy Smith
Organelle genomes are among the most sequenced kinds of chromosome. This is largely because they are small and widely used in molecular studies, but also because next-generation sequencing (NGS) technologies made sequencing easier, faster, and cheaper. However, studies of organelle RNA have not kept pace with those of DNA, despite huge amounts of freely available eukaryotic RNA-sequencing (RNA-seq) data. Little is known about organelle transcription in non-model species, and most of the available eukaryotic RNA-seq data have not been mined for organelle transcripts...
September 21, 2017: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935708/unraveling-transcriptome-dynamics-in-human-spermatogenesis
#12
S Z Jan, T L Vormer, A Jongejan, M Röling, S J Silber, D G de Rooij, G Hamer, S Repping, A M M van Pelt
Spermatogenesis is a dynamic developmental process that includes stem cell proliferation and differentiation, meiotic cell divisions and extreme chromatin condensation. Although studied in mice, the molecular control of human spermatogenesis is largely unknown. Here, we developed a protocol that enables next generation sequencing of RNA obtained from pools of 500 individually laser capture microdissected cells of specific germ cell-subtypes from fixed human testis samples. Transcriptomic analyses of these successive germ cell subtypes reveals dynamic transcription of over 4000 genes during human spermatogenesis...
September 21, 2017: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935667/upregulation-of-herv-k-is-linked-to-immunity-and-inflammation-in-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension
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Toshie Saito, Kazuya Miyagawa, Shih-Yu Chen, Rasa Tamosiuniene, Lingli Wang, Orr Sharp, Erik Samayoa, Daisuke Harada, Jan-Renier A J Moonen, Aiqin Cao, Pin-I Chen, Jan K Hennigs, Mingxia Gu, Caiyun G Li, Ryan D Leib, Dan Li, Christopher M Adams, Patricia A Del Rosario, Matthew A Bill, Francois Haddad, Jose G Montoya, William Robinson, Wendy J Fantl, Garry P Nolan, Roham T Zamanian, Mark R Nicolls, Charles Y Chiu, Maria E Ariza, Marlene Rabinovitch
Background -Immune dysregulation has been linked to occlusive vascular remodeling in pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) that is hereditary, idiopathic or associated with other conditions. Circulating autoantibodies, lung perivascular lymphoid tissue and elevated cytokines have been related to PAH pathogenesis but without clear understanding of how these abnormalities are initiated, perpetuated and connected in the progression of disease. We therefore set out to identify specific target antigens in PAH lung immune complexes as a starting point toward resolving these issues to better inform future application of immunomodulatory therapies...
September 21, 2017: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935612/use-of-aflp-for-the-study-of-eukaryotic-pathogens-affecting-humans
#14
REVIEW
Carlos M Restrepo, Alejandro Llanes, Ricardo Lleonart
Amplified fragment length polymorphism (AFLP) is a genotyping technique based on PCR amplification of specific restriction fragments from a particular genome. The methodology has been extensively used in plant biology to solve a variety of scientific questions, including taxonomy, molecular epidemiology, systematics, population genetics, among many others. The AFLP share advantages and disadvantages with other types of molecular markers, being particularly useful in organisms with no previous DNA sequence knowledge...
September 18, 2017: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935392/transcriptome-analysis-of-paecilomyces-hepiali-at-different-growth-stages-and-culture-additives-to-reveal-putative-genes-in-cordycepin-biosynthesis
#15
Fang Pang, Linping Wang, Yu Jin, Lanping Guo, Lipu Song, Guiming Liu, Chengqiang Feng
Paecilomyces hepialid (PH) is an endoparasitic fungus of Cordyceps sinensis (CS) and has become a substitute for CS due to their similar pharmacological activities. Because the market demand for CS is difficult to satisfy, and cordycepin, the effective compound of CS, is difficult to industrially produce, we produced 5 samples of PH by culturing for different durations and adding different additives to the culture broth, and detected their cordycepin content with UPLC ESI MS/MS. Then we grouped these cultures into five transcriptome comparisons containing 3 time variable groups and 2 additive variable groups...
September 18, 2017: Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934931/mitochondrial-genomes-of-african-pangolins-and-insights-into-evolutionary-patterns-and-phylogeny-of-the-family-manidae
#16
Zelda du Toit, Morné du Plessis, Desiré L Dalton, Raymond Jansen, J Paul Grobler, Antoinette Kotzé
BACKGROUND: This study used next generation sequencing to generate the mitogenomes of four African pangolin species; Temminck's ground pangolin (Smutsia temminckii), giant ground pangolin (S. gigantea), white-bellied pangolin (Phataginus tricuspis) and black-bellied pangolin (P. tetradactyla). RESULTS: The results indicate that the mitogenomes of the African pangolins are 16,558 bp for S. temminckii, 16,540 bp for S. gigantea, 16,649 bp for P. tetradactyla and 16,565 bp for P...
September 21, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934310/sanger-and-next-generation-sequencing-data-for-characterization-of-ctl-epitopes-in-archived-hiv-1-proviral-dna
#17
Camille Tumiotto, Lionel Riviere, Pantxika Bellecave, Patricia Recordon-Pinson, Alice Vilain-Parce, Gwenda-Line Guidicelli, Hervé Fleury
One of the strategies for curing viral HIV-1 is a therapeutic vaccine involving the stimulation of cytotoxic CD8-positive T cells (CTL) that are Human Leucocyte Antigen (HLA)-restricted. The lack of efficiency of previous vaccination strategies may have been due to the immunogenic peptides used, which could be different from a patient's virus epitopes and lead to a poor CTL response. To counteract this lack of specificity, conserved epitopes must be targeted. One alternative is to gather as many data as possible from a large number of patients on their HIV-1 proviral archived epitope variants, taking into account their genetic background to select the best presented CTL epitopes...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934286/denitrification-potential-of-the-eastern-oyster-microbiome-using-a-16s-rrna-gene-based-metabolic-inference-approach
#18
Ann Arfken, Bongkeun Song, Jeff S Bowman, Michael Piehler
The eastern oyster (Crassostrea virginica) is a foundation species providing significant ecosystem services. However, the roles of oyster microbiomes have not been integrated into any of the services, particularly nitrogen removal through denitrification. We investigated the composition and denitrification potential of oyster microbiomes with an approach that combined 16S rRNA gene analysis, metabolic inference, qPCR of the nitrous oxide reductase gene (nosZ), and N2 flux measurements. Microbiomes of the oyster digestive gland, the oyster shell, and sediments adjacent to the oyster reef were examined based on next generation sequencing (NGS) of 16S rRNA gene amplicons...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934251/new-experimental-model-for-single-liver-lobe-hyperthermia-in-small-animals-using-non-directional-microwaves
#19
Ionuț Tudorancea, Vlad Porumb, Alexandru Trandabăţ, Decebal Neaga, Bogdan Tamba, Radu Iliescu, Gabriel M Dimofte
PURPOSE: Our aim was to develop a new experimental model for in vivo hyperthermia using non-directional microwaves, applicable to small experimental animals. We present an affordable approach for targeted microwave heat delivery to an isolated liver lobe in rat, which allows rapid, precise and stable tissue temperature control. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A new experimental model is proposed. We used a commercial available magnetron generating 2450 MHz, with 4.4V and 14A in the filament and 4500V anodic voltage...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934115/development-of-genome-wide-ssr-markers-from-angelica-gigas-nakai-using-next-generation-sequencing
#20
Jinsu Gil, Yurry Um, Serim Kim, Ok Tae Kim, Sung Cheol Koo, Chinreddy Subramanyam Reddy, Seong-Cheol Kim, Chang Pyo Hong, Sin-Gi Park, Ho Bang Kim, Dong Hoon Lee, Byung-Hoon Jeong, Jong-Wook Chung, Yi Lee
Angelica gigas Nakai is an important medicinal herb, widely utilized in Asian countries especially in Korea, Japan, and China. Although it is a vital medicinal herb, the lack of sequencing data and efficient molecular markers has limited the application of a genetic approach for horticultural improvements. Simple sequence repeats (SSRs) are universally accepted molecular markers for population structure study. In this study, we found over 130,000 SSRs, ranging from di- to deca-nucleotide motifs, using the genome sequence of Manchu variety (MV) of A...
September 21, 2017: Genes
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